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Orphan denied sponsorship for lack of mother's death certificate

08 January 2016, 07:50 Steven Njugunah

Nyahururu - A 16-year-old orphan who sat his 2015 KCPE at a correctional facility and scored 411 marks has appealed to well-wishers to fund his education.

Gilbert Gachege's effort to access his mother’s death certificate was hampered by lack of proper documentation.

Speaking at Nyandarua North Probation office where he is being supervised before his probation sentence elapses, Gachege said that his mother had passed away in March 2010 and her documents were under the care of her grandmother, who committed suicide three months later.

“The deadline for sponsorship application in the financial institutions I have approached was January 6. I am yet to get the certificate that is a requirement,” he said, worried that his chances had been minimized.

The jovial boy, who lauds Shikutsa Borstal Institution for giving him an opportunity to further his education, says he regretted joining a criminal gang that harassed residents of Narok town that landed him in the hands of the police.

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He had been sentenced to three years probation for house breaking and stealing in February 2014 and was released from the borstal institution in November last year.

“I would like to be a lawyer so I can help Kenyans understand the law in addition to representing the innocent who are ignorant and end up pleading guilty for fear of being harassed,” added Gachege.

Nyandarua County Director of Probation, Mr Jason Abukuse, while congratulating Gachege noted that his behaviour had changed. He appealed to his family and community to support him for better rehabilitation.

Gachege now lives with his aunt and her five children in a rental house in Subukia township, Nakuru County.

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